Gonzalez had been kicking with a slightly torn groin before the Browns released him in September, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Gonzalez reportedly suffered the injury while warming up prior to the Browns' Week 2 game against the Saints, but he didn't disclose the issue to Cleveland's medical staff until halftime. Though a source told Schefter that most injuries of this nature typically sideline kickers for "a legit three weeks," Gonzalez continued to play through the groin problem, which may have contributed to him missing two field goals in the Browns' 21-18 loss. Now nearly a month removed from being cut loose by the Browns, Gonzalez is feeling healthy and is expected to begin trying out for clubs before the end of October, though it's uncertain that he'll end up finding work. The 23-year-old has converted just 17 of 25 career field-goal attempts (68 percent) and has missed three of 31 extra-point tries.
With Gonzalez struggling out of the gate, team moved on from the 2017 seventh-rounder Monday by adding Greg Joseph, who spent the preseason with the Dolphins in the wake of a strong college career at Florida Atlantic.
Gonzalez will undergo an MRI to evaluate his groin injury Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Gonzalez played with an injured groin that likely impacted him Sunday, when he missed two field goals and two extra points in a three-point loss to New Orleans. At this point, he appears to be in line for the waiver wire with an injury designation or placement on injured reserve as Cleveland looks to improve at the position.
The decision comes as little surprise after Gonzalez missed four kicks -- two extra-point tries and two field-goal attempts -- during the Browns' 21-18 loss to the Saints on Sunday. After a shaky rookie season in which he converted on only 75 percent of his tries from the field, Gonzalez had entered the 2018 campaign with little margin of error and squandered any job security he held in two weeks. According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, veteran kickers Blair Walsh and Cairo Santos have scheduled workouts Monday with the Browns. Cleveland could audition additional kickers in the next day or two before likely settling on an option for Week 3.
Gonzalez missed two of four field goals and two extra-point attempts during Sunday's 21-18 loss to the Saints.
The Browns may be in the market for a new kicker after Gonzalez kicked away Cleveland's first win in over a year. The second-year kicker missed an extra point to give the Browns a lead with just over a minute left in the fourth quarter, only to miss a game-tying 52-yarder with 18 seconds left. He also missed a field goal in overtime in Week 1. Gonzalez dealt with his fair share of struggles in 2017 and doesn't seem to have made any improvements in the offseason, leaving one to wonder if he's kicked his final game as a member of the Browns.
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